New Stoneville cotton seed varieties show strong performance throughout Cotton Belt

In 2019, BASF introduced three B3XF varieties to the Stoneville® cotton seed brand: ST 4990B3XF, ST 5610B3XF and ST 4480B3XF.


“We’ve seen some really great performance in the 2019 season with all three varieties, both across the Cotton Belt and in more regional-specific areas,” said Scott Asher, Ph.D., Eastern Region Agronomic Manager at BASF.


“ST 4990B3XF is a variety that we see fitting a broad footprint across the cotton belt,” said Asher. “It has shown strong performance on the high-producing ground in the Delta, across to the Mid-Atlantic and down to the Southeast. It’s also performed well in the Rolling Plains of Texas and on irrigated ground in Oklahoma,” Asher says for growers on high-production ground, the variety is easy to manage in terms of growth and development, even under the high input applications in these acres. ST 4990B3XF also provides strong emergence and early-season vigor, which is crucial when planting early or when establishing a stand under stressful conditions.


For those in the full-season, non-irrigated areas of the Southeast where moisture stress can often occur, ST 5610B3XF has demonstrated the yield stability a grower is looking for under those stressful conditions. The variety has also shown the ability to produce a good stalk under difficult and dry conditions, but has also responded well to management when more favorable conditions occurred.


“With its plant type, boll type and maturity, ST 4480B3XF is suited well for the shorter growing season areas of west Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas,” said Asher. “However, in testing it has also performed well in the Northern Delta, especially in areas where late planting occurred and its early maturity helped to produce a successful crop.”


As you take the time to evaluate 2019 performance and plan for varieties for the 2020 season, be sure to talk with your local BASF representative about solutions for your farm. To learn more about Stoneville varieties, visit


Always read and follow label directions. Stoneville is a registered trademark of BASF.


©2019 BASF Corporation. All rights reserved.


About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work — for farmers, society and the planet. In 2018, our division generated sales of €6.2 billion. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.


About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at